Khattar directs officers to fine people without masks

Chandigarh, Mar 1 (FN Agency) In a bid to once again encourage COVID-19-appropriate behaviour among people of the state, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday directed the officers concerned to provide at least five free masks to those found without face cover in public and also start the drive of imposing a fine on those who are found without masks. Besides this, the Chief Minister said proactive strategies should be made to effectively combat the spread of novel Corona virus in the state. Again appealing to the people of the state to wear masks whenever they venture out, Mr Khattar said, “Though vaccination for COVID-19 has been rolled out but sill we should religiously follow all the guidelines like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to stay safe and to ensure containment of virus spread.”

He gave these directions while presiding over a review meeting regarding COVID-19 held with Administrative Secretaries here. During the meeting, he directed officers to ramp up COVID-19 management preparations coupled with aggressive surveillance, stringent containment, swift contact tracing, focused clinical management along with proactive Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities. “Radio jingles, publicity campaigns regarding COVID-19 guidelines like wearing masks, sanitizing hands and social distancing should be followed meticulously. Besides this, physical checking of the industries and enforcement of COVID precautions and guidelines at public places like malls, eating joints, bus stands, schools, colleges etc should also be done regularly. The sanitization system should be also strengthened at these places along with the distribution of masks,” he directed. “Re-enforcement of COVID guidelines through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), Local Bodies and Police Department should be done vigorously along with the acceleration of the vaccination drive,” he further directed.

Haryana govt committed to uplift poor economically

Chandigarh, Mar 1 (FN Agency) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday said the state government is committed towards the uplifting of the economic status of poor families residing in the state and for this it has resolved to increase the family income of around one lakh families having lowest income to at least Rs one lakh annually. Reiterating this resolve while reviewing the progress of his dream project here, the Chief Minister directed the officers to expeditiously work for the successful implementation of this scheme. He said the identification of these one lakh families having the lowest income will be done by the state government. He said dedicated efforts should be made for reaching out to these families living in slums, so as to ensure that they get the scheme benefit.

Mr Khattar said efforts should be made to provide employment opportunities to unemployed family members of these one lakh families so that their family income is increased. “Our goal is to make them employable. After increasing the income of these one lakh families, the target of next one lakh families will be set and this effort of uplifting the poor families will continue,” he said. He said identification of these one lakh families would be done through Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP). Local committees which are working under the supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioners will conduct the survey for identifying such families in their respective districts. Very soon this list of one lakh families will be prepared. The Chief Minister directed Shri Vishwakarma Skill University Vice-Chancellor Dr Raj Nehru to prepare a list of required courses ensuring employment opportunities to students belonging to unprivileged, less- educated and backward families. Efforts will be made to increase income of the families by imparting education through the courses being offered under the skill development scheme to the eligible youth, women and others.